Meet Dr. Karis Lee

Palo Alto & South Bay Oral SurgeonDr. Karis Lee, Oral Surgeon in Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Karis Lee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology in 2008. She then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2013 before pursuing her studies in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck, where she completed her residency in 2019.

As a skilled oral surgeon. Dr. Lee understands the importance of staying up to date with the latest advances in her field. Consequently, she routinely participates in continuing education courses to further her skills and knowledge to ensure her patients have access to the highest quality care and treatments.

Outside of the office, Dr. Lee’s personal interests include cooking, gardening, Bikram yoga, architecture, and interior design.

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  • University of Southern California – Resident Physician in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – July 2013 through June 2019
  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine – M.D. Candidate – July 2013 through December 2015
  • University of California, Los Angeles – D.D.S. – July 2009 through June 2013
  • University of California, Berkeley – B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology – July 2004 through June 2008


  • New Haven Dental Group – New Haven, Connecticut – October 2019 through June 2020
  • City of Trees Dental – Sacramento, California – 2018 through 2021
  • Smile Dental – San Jose – 2019 through 2021
  • Dr Khan – San Jose – 2020 through 2021
  • Lakewood Dental Arts – Los Angeles – 2020 through 2021


University of California, San Francisco
Research Assistant/Lab Technician
Laboratory of Dr. Carol A. Gross

  • Participated in the development of large scale phenotypic analysis and a global genetic interaction map for the gram negative bacteria, Escherichia coli. Use of the E-MAP (Epistatic MiniArray Profile) technology to allow quantitative assessment of genetic interactions and measure the extent to which a mutation in one gene affects the phenotype of a mutation in another gene.
  • Rendering of various molecular biology techniques (Transformation, Transduction, PCR, Western Blot, Gel-Electrophoresis, etc)


  • Nichols RJ, Sen S, Choo Y, Beltrao P, Zietek M, Chaba R, Lee S, Kazmierczak KM, Lee KJ, Wong A, Shales M, Lovett S, Winkler ME, Krogan NJ, Typas A, Gross CA. 2010. Phenotypic Landscape of a Bacterial Cell. Cell, 2010.11.052
  • Typas A, Nichols RJ, Siegele DA, Shales M, Collins SR, Lim B, Braberg H, Yamamoto N, Takeuchi R, Wanner BL, Mori H, Weissman JS, Krogan NJ, Gross CA. 2008. High-throughput, quantitative analyses of genetic interactions in E.coli. Nature Methods, 5(9):781-7.
  • Acknowledged for excellent laboratory technical assistance. Lee, K., Fahradyan, A., Hammoudeh, J., UrataM., Neonatal and Infant Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis: Can we predict the outcome?. Poster Session presented at: 100th Anniversary of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; 2018 October 18; Chicago, Illinois

Supplemental Surgical Medical Education

  • Arthroscopic and Open Temporomandibular Joint Surgery
    in cooperation with Medical University of Vienna
    Vienna, Austria
    2018 October 14-17
  • Surgical Approaches & Techniques in Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Surgery
    Long Beach, CA
    2019 February 8-9
  • Advances in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
    Downers Grove, IL
    2018 August 16-18
  • Innovated Solutions in Orthognathic Surgery with Virtual Surgical Planning
    Chicago, IL
    2018 May 17-19
  • Surgical Approaches & Techniques in Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Surgery
    Los Angeles, CA
    2018 March 23-24